Events & Training

2021 AFBEA Quarterly Meetings

March 4, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Goodyear Fire Admin

14455 W Van Buren St., E101

Goodyear, AZ 85338

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September 8, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Mesa Fire & Medical

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June 3, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: North or Virtual

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December 2, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Northwest Fire District, Tucson

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AZ Center for Fire Service Excellence Compliant

AFBEA offers Fire & Life Safety Educator I, II and Manager courses throughout the State of Arizona, several times a year. These courses comply with the NFPA 1035 Standard and currently also meet the criteria of the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence (AzCFSE) for Certificates of Completion. The AzCFSE is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Arizona Fire Service training and Fire Service certification processes.


Conferences/Symposiums

The Community Risk Reduction Through Characterization and Education Conference is usually held the last week of January each year and has been held annually in Bullhead City, Ariz. since 1987. Workshops are held to teach educators how to develop and design puppet and clown programs to enhance their local educational efforts. It has become so popular, it is now a ‘train-the-trainer” program, allowing the attendees to take their knowledge back to their communities and teach others who may be unable to attend. While the conference was established to assist with characterization development, we also feature a track for educators who need help with messaging, ideas for program enhancement and other professional development. So there is something for everyone!

The CRR Symposiums have replaced the Desert Southwest Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference and the Juvenile Firesetter and Injury Prevention/Juvenile Firesetter Conference. These one-day training opportunities offer the latest trends and programs for the Public Educator. The symposiums are designed to assist many levels of the Fire and Life Safety Educators — beginning, intermediate, or advanced — by giving usable tools to start a program or fine tune one already in place.


New to Community Risk Management?

Here are a few recommended courses to get you started.

  • International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) & The Vision 20/20 Project - Essentials of Community Risk Reduction

  • U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) - Community Risk Reduction Courses

  • The CPSE‘s 10th edition of the Quality Improvement for the Fire And Emergency Services document, which is used by fire departments across the globe in their accreditation process, has a strong emphasis on Community Risk Assessment.

Guide to Community Risk Assessment

Community Risk Reduction Planning

Outcomes Measure Guide

A State Guide to Supporting Community Risk Reduction Programs

A Guide to Home Safety Visits


AIOA Virtual Training/Networking

The next Arizona Information Officers Association hosted event will be late April/early May. Look for details in the Arizona PIOs Facebook group in the coming weeks. Not part of that group - join now.

National Fire Academy

Community Risk Reduction Curriculum - National Fire Academy courses, catalogs and schedules. Review the full outline.

PIO Training

FEMA has restructured their PIO course offerings. The classroom courses that DEMA. previously facilitated, the Basic PIO course (G290) and Joint Information Center/System course (G291), will be retired on Sept 30, 2021. DEMA is not planning to offer these courses before they are retired due to COVID response coordination.

PIO Training

There is training for PIOs who conduct conversations about suicide and suicide prevention with the media.

If you are interested attending or learning more about the no-cost 90 min webinar, The Media and Suicide Prevention: A Conversation on Best Practices contact Kelli Donley Willams, State Suicide Prevention Specialist.

PIO Contact List

There is a statewide PIO contact list. The list is divided into multiple tabs representing jurisdictional levels (city, county, federal, state and tribes) and specialties (law enforcement, fire, schools, utilities, etc).


The PIO list is a great resource because you help keep it accurate. If you would like the list and/or need to help make edits please contact the PIO Office.